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LA Lakers player Dennis Schroder pays tribute to late Charlotte FC defender Anton Walkes, scores game-winning shot

There’s nothing like seeing a heart-felt tribute in the sport world.

On Thursday, terrible news struck the world of sports as Charlotte FC defender, Anton Walkes, tragically passed away at the age of 25.

Numerous teams, players and organizations sent their condolences to his teammates, family and loved ones.

Dennis Schroder pays tribute and dedicates NBA win to Anton Walkes

During the regular season NBA game between the Los Angeles Lakers and Memphis Grizzlies on Friday, Lakers player Dennis Schröder decided to use the game as a way tribute the late player.

The German NBA star — former Atlanta Hawks player —  personalized his sneaker in tribute of Anton Walkes by writing “RIP Anton W.” Walkes — a former Atlanta United player — was a regular at the Atlanta Hawks home games during the years of Schröder at the organization.

In a very emotional and dramatic fashion, when the Lakers were trailing by two points with seconds remaining in the game, Schröder pulled off an amazing steal and scored a couple of points that ultimately sealed the Lakers win. He broke the Grizzlies 11-game winning streak.

Schröder then took to Instagram to dedicate the win, the steal and the game to Walkes. 

“Hope you’re in a better place right now and I’m gonna make sure you’re going to be proud of us all!,” wrote the Lakers player.

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